columbia107
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Axalp Questions

Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:38 am

Now that I have made all my travel and accommodation arrangements for my first ever attendance at Axalp, its time to prepare the equipment.

Can someone advise me on what type of lens I should equip my camera's with. Nikon 70/200mm or Nikon 200/400mm.

I also believe that there are three prime locations - Brau, Tschingel and Ebenfluth - from where one can watch the proceedings. Anyone has any thought as to which is the best location, taking into consideration the aircraft flight path?

I am also led to understand that most of the shooting tends to be challenging due to the aircraft's high speed, difficult light conditions as well as back-light. Anyone has any suggestions on camera settings, etc.?

Look forward to reading your comments. Thanks
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RE: Axalp Questions

Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:46 am

Quoting Columbia107 (Thread starter):
Can someone advise me on what type of lens I should equip my camera's with. Nikon 70/200mm or Nikon 200/400mm.

I would bring both but if you can bring one take the 400, you need it.

The 2 hills nearest to the target are both excellent, visit them both. first hill is not good.

Quoting Columbia107 (Thread starter):
I am also led to understand that most of the shooting tends to be challenging due to the aircraft's high speed, difficult light conditions as well as back-light. Anyone has any suggestions on camera settings, etc.?

Very difficult indeed. You won't really know settings until you're there as the weather can vary quite a bit. You need to maintain fairly high shutterspeeds though and hence need high ISO settings (at least 200, 400 works better)

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ThierryD
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RE: Axalp Questions

Thu Aug 30, 2007 1:09 am

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 1):
I would bring both but if you can bring one take the 400, you need it.

The 2 hills nearest to the target are both excellent, visit them both. first hill is not good.

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And as Tim said, high shutterspeeds are a must for the jets but since there will also be some chopper displays you'll want to switch to slower shutter speeds for those.

Regardless of the photo equipment also prepare yourself well regarding warm clothing, good shoes, catering and stamina. You'll need all this if you want to fully enjoy the show!

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columbia107
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RE: Axalp Questions

Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:32 am

Thanks Tim/ Thierry for your useful comments.
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RE: Axalp Questions

Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:31 pm

Hi,

Here is a link to a photo-page from the Swiss Air Force website:

http://www.lw.admin.ch/internet/luft...e/de/home/pictures/axalp_2006.html

There are some shots - taken from a heli - showing the third location. This gives you an idea what to expect.

This map might also be handy:
http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p22780914.html


Have fun at Axalp!

Best regards,

Walter
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RE: Axalp Questions

Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:28 pm

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 2):
high shutterspeeds are a must for the jets

I knew I was doing something wrong...

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RE: Axalp Questions

Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:58 pm

Quoting Javibi (Reply 5):
I knew I was doing something wrong...

No, Javier 1/40s is perfectly fine for panning shots; only your 200 tries for 1 good photo is difficult to achieve at Axalp!  Big grin  duck 

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RE: Axalp Questions

Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:10 pm

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 6):
200 tries for 1 good photo

I wish it was that easy...  Smile

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